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Some laughed when they saw the crazed one in Turkey kick­ing at the door of a closed mosque and say­ing he “was being deprived of Allah’s pro­tec­tion”.

Oth­ers deplored the fact that, in these times, the faith­fuls’ “secu­ri­ty gate” ges­tures such as wash­ing of feet and hands were con­fined to the home. As a “secu­ri­ty gate” ges­ture, then shov­ing your clean feet in the same old smelly socks – while this may keep oth­er peo­ple away…

But after claim­ing that “the Turk’s strength” would pro­tect from a virus “com­ing from abroad”, the unavoid­able evi­dence became that Turkey had entered epi­dem­ic times. And even Tayyip is kind­ly advis­ing every­one to stay at home when return­ing from work, and to wash their hands.

Odd­ly enough, the “virus from abroad” found a sit­u­a­tion in Turkey where every­one stays at home with­out the police being involved, since it is busy arrest­ing those jour­nal­ists who dare com­ment the cri­sis. Proof being that you can think Allah will pro­tect every­one, and doubt, both at the same time.

Istan­bul is emp­ty­ing of its passers by, cafes and bou­tiques are clos­ing of their own accord, because of a dearth of cus­tomers. An extra fear tacked on to that of tak­ing a false step, opinion-wise.

But don’t expect the coro­n­avirus with­out Tayyip’s nasty tricks. Turkey pro­duces masks. Europe needs them. The Reis holds the keys to the cus­toms ser­vices and demands cash in advance… Only a few days ago, mil­lions of masks ordered by Italy were await­ing the bank trans­fer, while the gov­ern­ment was guar­an­tee­ing that , with more than thir­ty pro­duc­tion units, Turkey could ship 50 mil­lion masks per week. But these are no longer the good old days of Berlus­coni, a good friend of Tayyip’s.

This, at least means that a few work­ers will go on receiv­ing their mea­ger salary, while all the oth­ers – already well beat­en down by the eco­nom­ic cri­sis — attempt to survive.

Jour­nal­ists who alert­ed or crit­i­cized, or sim­ply pub­lished on social media were almost accused of “pro­pa­gan­da for the for­eign ene­my” and held in cus­tody. You can nev­er be too cau­tious, best to con­fine everyone…

In Konya, pil­grims return­ing from Mec­ca were quar­an­tined in stu­dent rooms at the uni­ver­si­ty from which the poor stu­dents were pulled out, bare­ly awake in the ear­ly morn­ing. First the pil­grims com­plained that the beds had not been made. Then, they tried to escape, forc­ing the bar­ri­cades and con­fronting the police. If I had seen that a month, ago, I would not have believed it… Even less, when I saw a pil­grim spit on a police­man, say­ing “if I’m sick, you should be too!”Allah’s voic­es are impen­e­tra­ble.

The offi­cial fig­ure of ten deaths was reached today, Sat­ur­day, but we don’t real­ly know how many peo­ple are con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed over­all in Turkey. Offi­cial­ly, we are told some 700. I can’t say if prayers in the homes or masks fil­ter­ing the infor­ma­tion guar­an­tee this figure.

Appar­ent­ly Turkey is going to fol­low an orig­i­nal route and mul­ti­ply test­ing. This is the regime’s major com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the moment: a test with results with­in 15 min­utes, accord­ing to State television.

Mean­while, for the lit­tle peo­ple, it’s prayers and wash­ing of hands five times a day, and cologne water is becom­ing scarcer and scarcer.

Ergo, in Syr­ia, the Turk­ish troops will find the time to let their beards grow.

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
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